The European agency PRAC, which monitors drug side effects, is investigating the deaths of 13 over-80s in Norway shortly after they were vaccinated with Pfizer / BioNTech's corona vaccine.

A spokesperson for the Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB) in Utrecht confirms this to

the Volkskrant on

Friday

.

The Norwegian drug agency reported in a press release earlier in the day that normal side effects could potentially be fatal to the frail elderly, such as nausea and fever.

A spokesman told the newspaper that it concerned people with an already "very fragile" health.

In Norway, the elderly and people with underlying diseases are now being vaccinated.

Since more than 400 people die in nursing homes every week, the expectation was that this may also include patients who had just been vaccinated.

The Norwegian authorities cannot yet rule out a direct link with the corona vaccine.

According to the Norwegian drug agency, it is possible that the vaccine contributed to the further deterioration of the health of elderly - sick - patients.

For that reason, the Norwegian health authorities have updated the package insert this week.

Ten other deaths are still under investigation.

There could possibly also be another cause of death.

Vaccinations of elderly people in nursing homes with the corona vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech will also start next week in the Netherlands.

Later the Moderna vaccine is also used for this.

In our country, there is still no exception for patients in the oldest target group, a MEB spokesperson reported in

de Volkskrant

.

The Norwegian deaths are known there.

These are now being examined at European level (at the PRAC).

This may lead to a change in the package leaflet.

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One hundred side effects reports

Within a week, the Dutch Adverse Reaction Center Lareb received about 100 reports about the corona vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.

There are no known suspected deaths from vaccination.

Since last Wednesday, healthcare workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Most reports were of milder side effects, such as injection site reaction, fatigue, muscle pain and headache.

Those side effects weren't surprising either.

Pfizer's vaccine is not approved for children under the age of 16.

This is because the efficacy and safety of this vaccine has not yet been sufficiently studied in this group.

Some people are advised to check with a doctor before taking the vaccine.

Furthermore, according to the MEB, this vaccine is not recommended for people who are allergic to one of the components of the vaccine.

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